According to Polyphony Digital, the creator of the popular driving-simulation game, upon downloading the latest 1.03 update, a unique seasonal event featuring the Toyota FT-1 will be made available in the game. If the player receives at least a bronze in the FT-1 challenge at Laguna Seca, they will receive the car. Players, however, may also purchase the car from the Toyota dealership without having to complete the seasonal event.
\"Thanks to the amazing capability of the Gran Turismo game engine, gamers can enjoy a very real simulation piloting the ultra-high performance FT-1 on the tracks it was designed to master,\" said Calty Design Research president Kevin Hunter. Calty Design Research is the group responsible for the FT-1\'s design.
Polyphony Digital added that the FT-1\'s inclusion in the game happened after Calty Design Research approached the video-game company about utilizing Gran Turismo\'s game physics to help create a driving simulator experience as a means to pitch the car to Toyota\'s top management. The Polyphony team was then able to bring the FT-1 to life \"in a virtual world that captured the excitement, passion and performance conveyed by the concept model.\"
\"It’s always been a dream of ours to have our automotive partners use Gran Turismo in exciting new ways,\" said Gran Turismo creator and Polyphony Digital president Kazunori Yamauchi. \"The design team at Calty developed a stunning concept car, and we were honored to work with them to render the car digitally for the concept presentation. The FT-1 is a forward-looking, technically advanced and beautiful concept car. We can\'t wait to see fans\' reactions as they drive the vehicle and get to know it the way I was able to.\"